This is the next segment in my Race for Michigan’s 9th District series, also being posted on RightMichigan.com:
Back in June, I sent 2 e-mails to the Gary Peters for Congress campaign, asking 3 questions about the polo shirt ad “scandal”:
I am the administrator of the blog Republican Ranting, and I have been following the race for the 9th District. I am interested in hearing a response from Mr. Peters on the issue of possibly photoshopping a picture that was used on campaign literature (http://www.oaklandpolitics.com/showDiary.do;jsessionid=5D880FB79AD9E84B58AC4A66C6F38C01?diaryId=200).
My goal in blogging about this is not to criticize Mr. Peters, but to just give the facts to the voters of the district. I have stood up for Peters in the past … and I simply want the truth.
Mr. Peters’ answers to the following questions would be greatly appreciated:
1. Are the allegations of editing the picture(s) true?
2. If so, did you add in or remove the polo logo?
3. If so, why did you do it?
Thank you for your cooperation,
On June 17th, I called Peters’ office and spoke to a young woman about who to talk to to get a quote about the “scandal.” She told me that one of their “communications people” would get back to me” and took down my number.
I waited and never heard back. So I called again on June 19th, and spoke with Bob, another receptionist. I told him I had called before and told him my story about doing a blog post. He went to go look for the communications director. He came back, and told me that ***** [I promised him that he could remain anonymous] was in a meeting. So I assumed that ***** was the communications director. Bob took down my phone number.
Well, ***** never called me back, so I sent an e-mail and he told me that I had contacted the wrong person, and that I wanted to speak with Anna. So I sent her an e-mail. No response. I called, and she told me that I wanted to speak with Clark Petting (who is now listed on the website as the Media Contact, but back in June it was Julie, or somebody like that). So I sen him an e-mail. When I got no response from him, and was unable to call the office (due to my work schedule), I gave up. I fail to see how a Congressional candidate’s campaign staff can send me around to that many people and have them not respond to me or not be the person I’m looking for.
So, Clark, or anybody in the Peters campaign, if you’d like to answer my questions, because I really DO want to do the story in a fair and balanced way, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I hate to bring attention to it like this, but I’ve run out of ideas on how to get a quote from the campaign.
Tags: 2008 Election, 9th District, Blog, Campaign, Candidate, Clark Petting, Communications Director, Congress, Democrat, E-mail, Election, Gary Peters, House of Representatives, Media Contact, Michigan, Politics, Telephone